Many people around the world may be experiencing boredom and restlessness during quarantine. We have rounded up our top ten media picks to keep you engaged, entertained and inspired during this time.
1. Heroes, Saints and Yogis: Tales of Self-Discovery and the Path of Sikh Dharma (Book)
Editors: Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa & Guruka Singh Khalsa
What does it mean to live as a Sikh? How is this lifestyle relevant today? In this reader friendly collection of personal stories you will find “People Like You and Me” candidly sharing their experiences of self-discovery along the path of Sikh Dharma. This one-of-a-kind book includes fascinating tales of the unique lives of the ten men of higher consciousness who forged a path of everyday learning and personal excellence.
2. The First Sikh: The Life and Legacy of Guru Nanak (Book)
Author: Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh
In this highly accessible and comprehensive biography, Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh deftly mines the available sources to construct a vivid and complex account of Guru Nanak’s life and legacy, his personality and background, the pluralistic world he lived in, his teachings and philosophy, and even the manner in which he has been understood by believers and scholars over time. What emerges is a majestic and magisterial portrait of a great enlightener who not only founded one of the world’s major religions but whose singular message of unity and hope has endured centuries after he first walked the earth.
3. The Sikhs (Book)
Author: Patwant Singh
Patwant Singh gives us the compelling story of the Sikhs — their origins, traditions and beliefs, and more recent history. He shows how a movement based on tenets of compassion and humaneness transformed itself, of necessity, into a community that values bravery and military prowess as well as spirituality. The author examines how, through the centuries, the Sikh soldier became an exemplar of discipline and courage and explains how Sikhs — now numbering nearly 20 million worldwide — have come to be known for their commitment to education, their business acumen, and their enterprising spirit. Finally, Singh concludes that it would be a grave error to alienate an energetic and vital community like the Sikhs if modern India is to realize its full potential.
4. Sikh Heritage: A History of Valor and Devotion (Book)
Authors: Rishi Singh (text) & Sondeep Shankar (photographs)
‘Sikh Heritage’, with a foreword by Hardeep Sigh Puri, is a succinct and delightfully photographed glimpse into the Sikh religion, the Ten Gurus, Sikh temples, traditional systems of governance, history, architecture, and the beautiful Golden Temple. This book traces the history of the valor and devotion of the Sikh community.
5. Thoughts to Heal: The Shri Guru Granth Sahib Way (Book)
Author: Kawaljit Singh
This book is a spiritual journey with the teachings of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. The book contains the teachings of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, which contains the teachings of the Sikh Gurus, other saints and words of eternal wisdom. Each chapter is like peeling a layer of an onion, intended to step by step, on a daily basis, unclutter your mind and sharpen your vision.
6. Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon (Book)
Author: Simran Jeet Singh
With a foreword from Fauja Singh himself, this book tells the true story of Fauja Singh, who broke world records to become the first one hundred-year-old to run a marathon. It shares valuable lessons on the source of his grit, determination to overcome obstacles, and commitment to positive representation of the Sikh community. With exuberant text by Simran Jeet Singh and exhilarating illustrations by Baljinder Kaur, the true story of Fauja Singh reminds us that it’s both where we start and how we finish that make our journeys unforgettable.
7. Guru Nanak the Founder of Sikhism: Life and Legacy (Movie)
Guru Nanak founded Sikhism, the fifth-largest religion in the world, and yet people in the Western World know very little about him. This unique film coincides with his 550th birthday. Guru Nanak’s message was ahead of his time and he was considered a revolutionary activist. Guru Nanak espoused equality for all, gender empowerment, service to others, devotion to the environment, and belief in One God. This documentary interweaves his life, and how his spiritual legacy is carried out today by outstanding Sikh Americans in science, medicine, arts, and public service.
8. Chaar Sahibzaade 2: Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur (Movie)
Featuring the life and times of Sikh warrior, Banda Singh Bahadur, this movie follows the great martyr, right from the time, he met his mentor, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, while meditating as a hermit in Nanded. A strategist and a skilled warrior, Banda Singh took his Guru s advice to fight for the innocent people of Punjab who were perishing under the tyrannical Mughal rule led by Wazir Khan. Banda Singh went on to fight many battles across Punjab and brought about such reforms as abolition of the Zamindari System, freedom of religion and many other such humanitarian measures, even as he managed to establish Khalsa rule in the state.
This link is for the Punjabi-language version, with English subtitles. Rent it in SD for $2.99 or HD for $3.99. Or purchase it for $4.99.
9. Sikh Meets World (Podcast)
This podcast from the National Sikh Campaign explore the lives of exemplary Sikhs in politics, business, sports, entertainment, and more, in order to understand their story and career, as well as how their faith has influenced their success. It discusses the pressing issues that matter to them, and asks them for advice and guidance, so others can do the same. Guests have included Attorney General Gurbir Singh Grewal, UFC fighter Arjan Singh Bhullar, influencer Sandy Kaur Gill (The Sandy Lion), and many others.
10. The Story of the Sikhs (Podcast)
The power of storytelling meets the colorful history of the Sikh faith in the Story of the Sikhs. Drawing upon traditional historical sources, the podcast blends storytelling with Sikh sacred music and the classical music of the Indian subcontinent. The focus on storytelling makes the podcast accessible to a variety of listeners. The episodes focus on Sikh history, stories about the Ten Gurus, and Shabads.